National Shakespeare Day

Many admirers and fans of the works of the amazing William Shakespeare, celebrate National Shakespeare Day on April 23 each year. April 23 is also the United Nations’ World Book and Copyright Day, which was a natural choice to pay a worldwide tribute to writers such as Shakespeare.

His actual date of birth may not be known, however, the people in Stratford-upon-Avon celebrate his birthday on the 23rd of April. What we do know is that he was baptized on 26th April, 1564 and is one of the world’s greatest writers. Little did we know that the birth of William Shakespeare would bring us so many memorable literary pieces. He wrote many well-known plays, sonnets and narrative poems and received payment for his plays, as thousands of people regularly went to the theatre.

He became a very wealthy man and his wealth enabled him to develop one of the most expensive homes in Stratford-upon-Avon. His family lived there, but most of his time was spent in London, where his name as a playwright was gaining recognition. In the centuries to follow, William Shakespeare became world-renowned. His work has continued to grow in popularity. His stories and other plays, including comedies, histories and tragedies, are still performed around the world, long after his death.

William Shakespeare is often called England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon”. A world renowned poet, playwright, and actor, and widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

In his early days, Shakespeare worked with a theater company, selling tickets and also as an actor. Obviously this inspired him more and his natural talent came to light and he went on to write many plays and poetry.

QUIZ

Shakespeare’s works fall into four categories:- Comedy, history, tragedy and poetry.

  • Name one of his works from each category
  • We know he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, but was the name of the county where Shakespeare was born?
  • What was the first tragedy he wrote?
  • Who did he marry?
  • What was the name of the theatre where Shakespeare held his plays?

Students can learn more about Shakespeare’s amazing life in this title from Amazon that depicts his life in the most unique and personal way!


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